Getting to $4 Billion Per Year: What is the Role of Donors and Investors?
The clean cooking sector requires roughly USD $4 billion per year to achieve universal access by 2030. There are, however, significant obstacles in attracting such investment. The key challenge remains the absence of commercially viable companies that can crowd in private investment. Access to different types of early-stage capital now is critical to increasing the universe of companies that will be able to attract private capital later. This will require active participation from donors and investors alike, with shared goals of supporting financial de-risking, developing investment funds, and creating financial and technical assistance programs to build a pipeline of investible businesses. What is the role of each type of financing entity? How should they work with other organizations to seek alignment? These questions and others will be addressed by the panel within a broader discussion of existing approaches to, and future ideas for, closing the gaps that inhibit flows of capital to the clean cooking sector.